Category: General

Jack Wilshere – Monkey-tamer.*

Posted on March 2nd, by batmandela in General, The Squad. 9 comments

*No Bales were harmed during the photo shoot. Saving that for tomorrow.


Interpreting Wenger

Posted on January 29th, by batmandela in Fools Rule, General, Gunner's Handbook, Opinion, Transfer News. No Comments

Another day. Another news conference. Another opportunity for our poker-faced, fork-tongued, sweet-talking manager to perfect the dark art of opacity.

Game Of Two Halves – Team Of One Half

Posted on January 27th, by batmandela in Fools Rule, General, Opinion. No Comments

A cockroach can survive for a few weeks without its head. Chelsea survived at least as long without John Terry.

There’s a lot Gunners can learn from Science and Nature. Fools Rule brings you a few curious factoids, and applies them to the Arsenal Experience. Enjoy!

Invinciblog Exclusive! Adams Interview…

Posted on January 25th, by batmandela in Fools Rule, General, Gunner's Handbook, Opinion. 5 comments

On May 11, 2001, Arsenal lost the FA Cup Final to Liverpool. 2-1, in Cardiff.

On the same day, in Santa Barbara, California, beloved author and Arsenal supporter Douglas Adams’ world did end. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the tender age of 49.

Let’s just say it was a bad day for Gooners and leave it at that.

The following is an imaginary interview with Douglas Adams. (DA) – conducted by yours truly: Batmandela (BM). Mr. Adams’ replies are culled, verbatim, from his numerous books, letters and scripts. It is an interview I would have loved to have conducted during Douglas Adams’ lifetime. But things don’t always work out the way we planned.

I have a feeling, though, that he’d have found this concept mildly amusing…

Scoring Goals & Landing Planes

Posted on January 22nd, by batmandela in General, Gunner's Handbook, Opinion. No Comments

Gunner’s Handbook: Scoring Goals is not that different to landing planes. What Arsenal could learn from Air Traffic Controllers.

Fool Metal Jacket (Part 2)

Posted on January 19th, by batmandela in Fools Rule, General, The Anger Games. No Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen. Um… Gentlemen.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lord Atticus Barton-Shawcross. I am a retired SAS Colonel. I spent 23 years working in Covert Operations, until changes in modern warfare, introduced by chicken-shit – excuse my French – civilian commanders, severely curtailed our ability to operate in the effective manner to which we were accustomed.

The 'new rules' of combat essentially emasculated us, by introducing restrictive procedural guidelines, punitive post-operation review, and political oversight. Basically – we had our nuts removed, and replaced with estrogen-infused, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic potpourri pouches.

Killing people just wasn't fun any more. Which is why I left.

I started my own 'Private Security and Logistics' company. I sold toilet paper to the Armed Forces for $5.00 a roll. And then charged them $5.00 to remove the cardboard tubes when the paper was finished. Stuff like that. And I used the millions of dollars I made to create my own army. And get things done the old way, if you catch my drift.

In short – I found a way to do what I loved, however the frick I wanted, and get paid a lot of money doing it.

What the hell has this got to do … Read More »

Arsenal’s Biggest Asset: Us.

Posted on January 16th, by batmandela in General, Opinion, The Club. 2 comments

Arsenal Inc. seems to have forgotten to include an essential material in the building of their Emirates Empire. Is it too late?

A Gunner’s Handbook: Surviving Arsenal

Posted on January 9th, by batmandela in General, Gunner's Handbook, Opinion. 1 Comment

How to survive being an Arsenal fan in these trying times.


2013 – The Year Of The Gun [RSS]

Posted on January 2nd, by batmandela in Barclays Premier League, General, Opinion, Tarot, The Club, The Squad. No Comments

Invinciblog takes an in-depth look at the challenges facing Arsenal.

2013 – Year Of The Gun

Posted on January 2nd, by batmandela in General, Opinion, Tarot. 5 comments

Invinciblog takes an in-depth look at the challenges facing Arsenal.